Brahms’s A German Requiem

It was a work Brahms labored over for a dozen years.  Consoled by the psalms, the gospels, and the prophets, he set their words to his music--music that would be his grandest, perhaps even his greatest.  Herbert Blomstedt leads Brahms’s poetic biblical settings, A German Requiem. The concert begins with selections from Brahms’s late Chorale Preludes performed on the Ruffatti organ.


Herbert Blomstedt


Ragnar Bohlin


Ruth Ziesak


Christian Gerhaher


Jonathan Dimmock


San Francisco Symphony Chorus

San Francisco Symphony



Selections from Chorale Preludes


Motet, “Why is Light Given”


A German Requiem

All sound clips are from San Francisco Symphony performances and are used with permission of the SFS Players Committee.

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  1. Thu, Feb 19, 2015 at 8:00pm

    Davies Symphony Hall

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    Davies Symphony Hall

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